May 13th Report

A motion at the NAHT conference seeking support for climate change lessons in schools was passed unanimously.  This adds to pressure for change and mirrors the motion passed by the NEU conference at Easter (full details here).  We will report back on what happens as a result.   The Young Environmental Project is a new competition…

May 7th Report

If you click here, you will find the petition by Izzy Lewis, Kamila Chamcham, Rasha Alsouleman and Lucy Gibbons from Cheney School on change.org  who are deeply concerned about the damage we’re doing to our planet and how it will affect our futures.  They say that climate change is the biggest issue of our time,…

From a Cumbrian Headteacher

Today’s blog is by Graham Frost, headteacher of Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle.  Graham blogs at: cumbriahead.wordpress.com and this post is reproduced here with his permission.  You can follow Graham @GrahamFrost Educators should give young people knowledge and understanding about climate change, but then allow them to speak out about it. School leaders have a…

April 29th Report

Just before Easter, school children in Cumbria came together for a climate change summit.  It was held at the University of Cumbria and organised by Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle.  Thirty schools attended the summit which was an opportunity to hear what young people are concerned about, and what they think businesses, local councils and…

April 22nd Report

Today is Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest about the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.  Earth Day is now a global event and probably more than 1 billion people in 192 countries will take part this year. It’s a day of political action and civic…

Getting ready for the first ‘urban’ environmental conference in the UK

Today’s blog is by Rachel Cook a PhD student at King’s College, London who volunteers with the Lambeth Natural Thinkers project and with LEEF, the London Environmental Educators’ Forum. It is an interesting paradox that no one speaks more loudly than young people when they have been persistently silenced.  Thanks to young peoples’ direct action to demand greater environmental action from the…

April 15th report

Click here to here what the NUS said to Ofsted about its new inspection framework.  This was a key point: “Given the environmental and sustainability is popular with students, we see it as enriching the curriculum, and something that positively contributes to student achievement.” As far as we can see, only NAEE is calling on Ofsted to do the…

My First Book of Garden Birds

My favourite book to use with children!  The colourful illustrations appeal to young children, but there is sufficient information about each of the 20 featured bird species to engage older ones as well.  Each bird has a ‘Guess Who’ page, which gives clues to help identify the species—for example: ‘This bird likes being around gardeners.…

The NUS response to Ofsted

Last week we featured the NAEE response to Ofsted’s consultation on its proposed revisions to its inspection framework.   This is the response by NUS to Ofsted: “We welcome the proposal to introduce a quality of education judgement and to judge personal development separately from behaviour and attitudes.  Specifically, we very much welcome the new…